Here is your complete DIY travel guide to the majestic Tappiya Falls/Tappiyah Falls!
I finally met a childhood friend after years of not seeing each other. It was a pure delight and to make the most of our bonding, we decided to travel. Both of us wanted adventure and immersion to a rustic destination. This time, we set to explore the internationally-famed Tappiya Falls.
Our journey began in Bontoc, the capital town of Mt. Province, where I was employed at that time. From there, we rode a van bound to Banaue for two hours. From Banaue, we hired a tricycle to Batad which is the jump-off point to Tappiya Falls and the UNESCO-listed Batad Rice Terraces.
Don’t get confused. Batad is a barangay of Banaue.
If you’re coming from Manila, here is how you get there.
How to Get to Batad, Banaue?
To get to Tappiya Falls and the Batad Rice Terraces, take a bus bound to Banaue first. There are two bus companies operating from Manila to Banaue namely, Coda Lines in Cubao, Quezon City and Ohayami Trans in Sampaloc, Manila.
For Coda Lines, departure times are 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM and 10:30 PM. Click on their website, Coda Lines for ticket booking and updates. For Ohayami Trans, times of departure are 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM. For reservation and rates, click on this website, Ohayami Trans.
From Banaue to Manila, Coda Lines’ daily schedules are 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Ohayami Trans’ only bus schedule from Banaue to Manila departs by 7:00 PM.
Travel time takes 9 hours. Don’t forget to bring a jacket and a small pillow to make the trip more comfortable for you. Also, make sure to reserve seats in advance since the buses get booked fast especially during weekends and holidays.
Upon reaching Banaue, proceed to the Tourist Information Center where you’ll pay an environmental fee of Php 50. A staff will also orient you with the basic guidelines and procedures. You can ask questions and recommendations. Normally, tourists are advised to rent tricycles bound to Batad for Php 700. If you’re travelling by group, better hire a jeepney for PHP 1500.
There is a public ride but it leaves only at 3 pm and the fare is Php 50.
The road does not lead straight to Batad village. It ends at a sitio called Saddle. From here, expect a 15-minute hike before finally reaching Batad village where you’ll pay another fee of Php 100 per person.
On the Trail to Tappiya Falls
Upon reaching Batad village, we were greeted with a splendid view of the world-acclaimed Batad Rice Terraces. It is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage and it’s easy to see why.
From a viewpoint, the stone-walled Batad Rice Terraces appear like gentle cascades. It was pure bliss relishing such sight. I could not help but wonder how the locals’ ancestors were able to build such scenic structures using woods and stones.
Because we arrived early in the afternoon, I and my friend decided to take the trail to Tappiya Falls. We were excited to swim in its waters and experience its beauty. We left our bags in a homestay where we checked in and proceeded with the trek.
The trek was no easy one. From the homestay, we followed a downward and dizzying pathway until we reached the Batad Rice Terraces. After passing through the rice terraces, we reached the most challenging part of the trail. It traversed a very steep part of the mountain all the way to the river where Tappiya Falls is located.
Along that route, I could feel my feet and joints aching probably because I haven’t been hiking for a while then. But my insatiable quest for adventure kept me going. All the more, I knew the reward we were to see would not fail us.
If you’re hungry or thirsty, there are stores along the way where you can buy common snacks, soda drinks, and coconut juice. Souvenir items are also for sale.
Behold the Majestic Tappiya Falls
After almost 40 minutes of hiking, we finally caught a view of Tappiya Falls. It’s one of the best waterfalls I’ve ever seen.
Cascading on the face of a massive cliff, Tappiya Falls measures around 50 meters high. It’s raging waters carved a very deep and wide pool with churning waters. I and my friend immediately took the plunge. Oh, did I tell you? The waters are icy-cold and I could feel every muscle in my body hardened.
But swimming on the pool of Tappiyah Falls instantly relieved us from the exhaustion we got along the way. It was pure delight experiencing the waterfall’s power and beauty. According to a local guide, the river feeding Tappiya Falls emanates from Mt. Amuyao, one of the highest peaks in the Philippines.
Where to Stay in Batad?
There are several accommodations in Batad offering basic amenities. Don’t expect wifi or cellular network as the village is secluded. Most of these accommodations offer meals, from breakfast to dinner including snacks. Don’t miss out on native cuisines such as pinikpikan (boiled chicken with native vegetables and often, salted pork meat).
Rates for accommodations in Batad start at Php 300 per person.
I highly recommend Hillside Inn and Restaurant which offers one of the best views of the terraces. Contact them through: 0917 757 4411.
Tips and Reminders:
- Bring a lot of cash as there no ATM in Batad village.
- Respect local customs and traditions.
- No littering please.
- Make use of organic soaps and shampoos when bathing on Tappiyah Falls.
For your Information:
If you need more information that may help in setting up your itinerary to Tappiyah Falls in Batad, Banaue, do contact:
- Banaue Tourism Office Hotline: 09554658424
- Facebook Page: Banaue Tourist Information Center